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Research Veterinarian

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The AfriCat veterinarian supervises and ensures scientifically sound 'Large Carnivore Research Projects', manages and monitors the animals at our AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre and supports farming communities in conflict zones.

1. Essential Salaries:

a. Research Veterinarian:
AfriCat’s first, part-time Research Veterinarian, Dr Diethardt Rodenwoldt, joined us in August 2015.  Dr Diethardt is responsible for monitoring the health and welfare of AfriCat’s longer-term residents as well as several of the carnivores in the Okonjima Nature Reserve. Together with Jenny Noack, he also heads the current Okonjima/AfriCat leopard density study.

- The AfriCat Predator Population Density Study in The Okonjima Nature Reserve
- The AOPPDS Phase 1
- The AOPPDS Phase 2
- The AOPPDS Phase 3
- The AOPPDS Phase 4
- The AOPPDS Phase 5 published soon.

Dr Rodenwoldt also takes time out to assist the AfriCat North Lion Research team, immobilizing lions designated for collaring as part of the AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project (AHLRP).
- The AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project
- 2015 / 2016 to be published soon
- AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Update June 2015
- AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Update July 2014
- AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Update February 2014
- AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Updates 2013

Dr. Rodenwoldt and a number of other veterinary specialists, support Team AfriCat in achieving the ultimate goal for wild felines, canines and herbivores in terms of conservation, education, veterinary care and research. AfriCat’s large carnivore research Projects have been taken to another level with a qualified 'Research Veterinarian' on board. Present and future projects are now scientifically sound and effectively supervised, contributing to the long-term survival of these species.

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AfriCat HQ Carnivore Clinic @ Okonjima


Why the need for a veterinarian?

Animals gets injured now and then. They fight while defending their territories or get hurt while chasing their prey. The acacia thorns that are part of the harsh, Namibian environment, can be a hindrance to animals whilst hunting, especially cheetahs who chase their prey through thick bush. The cheetah's preferred habitat is open plains. Here, their speed and binocular vision give them the advantage over their prey and competitors. In areas where the bush has become too thick, the cheetah is suddenly at a disadvantage . . . and injuries happen.

Ocular abnormalities in cheetahs examined at AfriCat
Bush Encroachment


Dr Rodenwoldt is involved with the workings of The Foundation from both a veterinary and a conservation perspective as well as several of the research projects which have been undertaken, helping to guide its work into the most challenging areas of conserving Africa’s large predators in the face of ever-growing competition for the planet’s limited resources.


More Background:

1. Official ruling by the Namibian Veterinary Association:
The current Namibian legislation defines the act of anaesthesia in animals as a veterinary only procedure, and can therefore only be carried out in Namibia by a Namibian registered veterinary surgeon. Likewise the drugs required to produce a state of anaesthesia may only be used by a Namibian registered veterinary surgeon.


2. Frequency of Immobilisation by a qualified WILDLIFE VETERINARIAN:

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2.1. At AfriCat HQ | Okonjima, darting needs within the 20 000 ha (200km²) nature reserve for the short – medium term (3-5 yrs): approx. 7 cheetah, 35 Leopards, 20 Hyaena + 5 Wild Dog – note that the numbers mentioned are not the totals at present, but rather the potential in the medium term; each of these animals may have to be darted due to the following reasons: injury – for examination in the field; removal from the field and surgery at the Clinic; post-operative anaesthetic for follow-up treatment or examination; annual health checks; removal or replacement of telemetry collars; immobilisation for removal to relation site; other research purposes. The frequency of these opportunities' cannot be assessed at this point, but a vet is needed on-site or within travelling distance of approx. 3-5 hours.

2.2. At the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre on Okonjima: depending on the number of 'ambassador carnivores' resident at AfriCat, a vet is needed for the annual health check, any injuries or health issues on a day-to-day basis.

AfriCat's Carnivore Care Program
Health Check Process


2.3. At AfriCat North: the Communal Carnivore Conservation Programme (CCCP) – this project requires a vet whenever a lion or other carnivore (s) are immobilised either for removal off commercial or communal farmland or for research purposes (collaring/brand-marking); the frequency thereof cannot be determined, but the approximate number of 'known' lions leaving the Etosha Park annually (most of which are destroyed by farmers) = approx. 60 – 100. Not all lions are found nor immobilized, but should the opportunity arise to either return lions to the Park, to monitor research lions or quarantine lions prior to relocation to other areas within Namibia, a vet should be onsite or within 2-3 hours and be prepared to remain with the Unit for at least 2-4 days, before the capture opportunity is reduced.

AfriCat North
Community Support

2.4. General or Carnivore Research: The CCCP has included a Lion Research section, (for which a research Permit has already been granted), which includes immobilising, collaring and/or brand-marking a number of trans-boundary lions (lions leaving and returning to Etosha) to establish their movements, etc.

2.5. Any other research projects which may be initiated within the Okonjima Nature Reserve, along the borders of the Etosha National Park or in communal conservancies. The Research requirement is a pre-requisite for employment of the AfriCat Veterinarian.

- The AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project
- 2015 / 2016 to be published soon
- AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Update June 2015
- AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Update July 2014
- AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Update February 2014
- AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Updates 2013

2.6. Should the opportunity or necessity arise where the AfriCat Vet could assist the Ministry of Environment & Tourism or another like-minded Charity or Organisation, with either restricted research needs or short-term immobilisation requirements.

2.7. A community service (large and small animals from surrounding farmland) is included in the programme.


3. Lack of available Veterinarians:
AfriCat comprises a number of sectors requiring immediate veterinary expertise, i.e. injury to a carnivore in our Carnivore Care Centre on Okonjima, injury to a carnivore within the Okonjima Nature Reserve, research needs of the AfriCat CCCP, immobilisation needs of the CCCP, (either for relocation or monitoring). In each of the above-mentioned cases, the fact that there exists only two Veterinary Clinics employing only two veterinarians in Otjiwarongo, the closest town to AfriCat Okonjima – these vets are seldom available for cases which require them to leave their clinics unattended (AfriCat North lies 260 km north of Otjiwarongo and AfriCat HQ, 74 km south of Otjiwarongo). There are no private Wildlife Vets available to assist AfriCat North. The state Veterinarian, based in Okaukuejo, (Etosha National Park), is seldom available for carnivore-related cases along the boundaries of the Park, as he is responsible for all veterinary needs within the Park, He is also required to travel abroad as well as to neighbouring and other African countries.


4. Research:
There is also a research angle to this position, where we need the vet to engage in large carnivore research to assist us in the research projects (i.e. the projects running within the Okonjima Nature Reserve, support the National census' when they are due, lion research along the Etosha borders and elsewhere).

Research at AfriCat

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The request . . .
A salary for a part-time, research veterinarian, who operates both at AfriCat HQ and within our northern projects throughout 2016 and beyond, must be secured.
Please bear in mind, AfriCat requires funding to cover the Salary for a Veterinarian for at least 2 years for the benefits of sustainable research.
Cost approx.: N$ 360 000.00 per annum.

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